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  • Writer's pictureBrad Martens

Doing the ironman grind

Wow where has the 6 weeks gone. I have been a bit slack keeping my training blogs up to date but the truth is I have been smashing myself in training in my quest to find my 1% improvements for IMWA, dealing with some issues around my son and more recently I got sick which has meant I had to slow done for a week and let my body recover.

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Seeing as I am writing about the last 6 weeks I am going to break it down into disciplines.


My aim has been to keep my milage up as I head towards IMNZ. Usually I aim to complete 10-15km per week with varied sets focused on aerobic endurance.


I really feel my bike is my strength but I am putting it a bit on the back burner to focus on my run. I will spend the majority of my bike sets on the indoor trainer or at Centennial Park (I am sure there will be the odd ride south or north as I seek out hills to fine tune myself) while I am to keep my fitness high enough to get through IMNZ in a fast time.


I have made the decision to focus on my run. I am putting in a bucket load of miles of varied terrains as IMNZ is a tough run I am going to need to be a strong to hold my pace and finish where I want need to to get another PB.


Every week I set aside time to work on my strength and core, with a race like IMWA you spend vast amounts of time in the aero position and the lower back takes an absolute beating. I combat this by following a program I have that incorporates all over body whilst targeting these fatigue points. I am feeling really strong but there will be no let up over the next 6 weeks.


Lets be honest this has gone too well these past few weeks especially. So many little things have been happening that has seen me eating and drinking a little bit too much. Whilst the scales are not saying anything different the result is more bloating and I hate this uncomfortable feeling. I always set aside the last 6 weeks before my "A" race that i do not consume alcohol and drastically reduce the other good stuff I like to consume. This allows me to concentrate just on my training and lean up for race day.

Here are the stats for the past month:

  • Swim: 59,900m

  • Bike: 1,618km

  • Run: 301 km

  • Training Time: 102.56 hours

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